Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park has been crossing borders and performing fuzzily idiomatic, on occasion experimental, always traditional, open improvised musics for over fifteen years. He has performed in clubs, theaters, art galleries, concert halls, and (ad-hoc) alternative spaces in Austria, Denmark, Germany, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and the USA.
Park engages a radical, liminal, cyborg virtuosity in which mind, body and artifact collide. He is driven by the social and revolutionary potential of real- time interactive performance in which tradition and practice become creative problematics. As a constructor of musical automata, he is interested in partial, and partially frustrating, context-specific artifacts; artifacts that amplify social relations and corporeal identities and agencies.
Park is part of Mathilde 253 with Charles Hayward and Ian Smith, Eris 136199 with Nick Didkovsky and Catherine Sikora, and Numbers with Richard Barrett. He is the constructor of the machine improviser io 0.0.1 beta++, a project performed in coalition with Bruce Coates and Franziska Schroeder. He has recently performed with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Dunmall, Lol Coxhill, Mark Sanders, Gino Robair, Tim Perkis, Pat Thomas, Andrew Drury and Josh Sinton. He has guested with Gargantius Effect (Murray Campbell and Randy McKean), and with the Mark Hanslip/Dominic Lash/Phillip Marks Trio, and has performed as part of large ensembles led by Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, and Pauline Oliveros.
Festival appearances include Freedom of the City (London), Sonorities (Belfast), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), dialogues festival (Edinburgh), and the Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology Festival (California). His recordings have been released by labels including Slam Productions, Creative Sources and DUNS Limited Edition.
Park taught improvisation at the UCC Department of Music, and founded and curated Stet Lab, a space for improvised music in Cork.
“Han-earl Park… is as at home in underground Noise as he is dueting with free jazz heroes like Paul Dunmall. Park uses pedals to smudge and smear chords or rolls out strange robotic grumblings, a technician playing electricity as much as the guitar.” Daniel Spicer (Jazzwise)
“Remarkable strategies from the guitarist which involve investing each string with a different weight as he coaxes tones from near the machine head all the way down past the bridge.” Ken Waxman (JazzWord)
“Imaginatively dissonant barbedly-wire phrases and false-harmonic scatterings….” Ed Pinsent (The Sound Projector)
“Park applies every technique to his detuned ax—tapping, sliding, muting, twisting the machine heads. It’s simultaneously disciplined and barbaric.” Greg Burk (MetalJazz)
“Park is the one to pay close attention to… the development of his ideas is fascinating and very logical….” Jeph Jerman (The Squid’s Ear)
“Pieces of dismantled gestures, destabilizing timbres, and impressive synergy.” François Couture (Monsieur Délire)
“Han-earl Park’s idiosyncratic guitar style was beguiling, his array of tiny, sharp sounds glinting like fragments of broken glass.” Scott McMillan (The Liminal)
Creative Sources Recrodings
Tracks: tolur; tricav; ankpla; uettet; creens; ll…….
Personnel: Richard Barrett: electronics; Han-earl Park: guitar.
io 0.0.1 beta++
Tracks: Variance; Pioneer: Dance; Ground-Based Telemetry; Discovery: Intermodulation; Discovery: Decay; 4G; Laplace: Perturbation; Laplace: Instability; Return Trajectory
Personnel: io 0.0.1 beta++: itself; Han-earl Park: guitar; Bruce Coates: alto and sopranino saxophones; Franziska Schroeder: soprano saxophone.
Tracks: Kalimantan; Similkameen; Ishikari; Jixi; Matanuska; Aachen; Oaxaca.
Personnel: Charles Hayward: drums, percussion, melodica; Han-earl Park: guitar; Ian Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; Lol Coxhill: saxophone.
DUNS Limited Edition
Tracks: Searches; Functions; Networks; Transforms; Logics.
Personnel: Paul Dunmall: saxophone and bagpipes; Han-earl Park: guitar.
Live at the Glucksman gallery, Cork
Tracks: duet i; duet ii; quartet i; quartet ii.
Personnel: Han-earl Park: guitar; Paul Dunmall: saxophone; Mark Sanders: drums; Jamie Smith: guitar.
Occidental Oriental Occidentalism
buster & friends d’da
Tracks: 엉터리 에스닉 음악; 06–15–07 a; 06–15–07 b; 06–15–07 c; glorious failure.
Personnel: Han-earl Park: guitar.
As A Side Musician
Frimp podcast III
Tracks: First Set; Second Set.
Personnel: Bruce Coates: saxophones; Paul Dunmall: saxophones; Trevor Lines: bass; Han-earl Park: guitar; Jamie Smith: guitar.
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